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House Updates now on Brownstoner.com!

So, if you don't know this about me already, I bought a house in Brooklyn with my boyfriend in 2012 and we spent an excruciating year gut-renovating it (granted, it used to be a heroin den and then was abandoned for 6 years, so making it livable for humans again…

Why I Love Charles Schwab

So first of all I have to say I'm not sponsored by Schwab in any way (although I should get on that, I rep them pretty hard) but I am a true convert. Reasons why: 1. Their checking account - they reimburse your ATM fees AND foreign transaction fees -…

Brunch & Budget on TK in the AM!

On January 20, 2014, I was asked to be a guest on Bondfire Radio's TK in the AM, a radio show based in Brooklyn that brings you back to the time when radio was about connecting with listeners, having real conversations, and playing good music. I had a blast with these…

The Debt Snowball!

Today, I had a brunch & budget with a friend of mine and we went through one of my favorite tricks of the trade: the debt snowball! It's a pretty simple concept. Most people who have 2 or 3 (or 4 or 5) lines of credit will say, hey, I'll…

Some Basics on Buying a House

So at the rate that I've been talking about this, everyone and their mom and their bubby probably knows that I recently bought a house with my boyfriend (I keep a separate blog for it - sowerebuyingahouse.wordpress.com - if you want to actually read about all my neurotic thoughts and freak outs).…

Finding Your Buffalo: Asking Yourself the Big Why

Many moons ago, I began my serial blog writing habit (seriously, I have like 5 of them in various states of defunct). The first blog I started was about money (of course) and I wrote about saving. I posted it on LiveJournal (and I'm totally dating myself) and I got this comment from a random dude: Well, this…

Why You Need a Health Care Proxy!

When most people hear the phrase financial planning, they mostly think money management, budgeting, investments, etc. But financial planning also encompasses things like insurance, retirement planning, and estate planning. Estate planning, you say. Don't you have to have an estate to plan for one? For a lot of what goes into…